Surf Coast and Bellarine target for new breast cancer retreat

Monday, September 12, 2016

A charity providing retreat accommodation at no cost to people living with breast cancer is calling on the Surf Coast and Bellarine communities to help it establish its newest breast cancer retreats.

 The OTIS Foundation’s Property Manager, Lynda Davis, and Bookings Manager, Kristin Cook, are visiting the region this week to view potential properties and meet with local groups to assist with funding future retreats.

 “OTIS retreats provide women and their loved ones with a place to relax and reconnect and take a break from the huge emotional challenges of living with breast cancer.” Mrs Cook said.

 “We currently have 36 properties across the country, however, there is an unmet demand for Victorian beachside properties and this is an ideal location for us to establish our next retreat.

 “We have been fortunate enough to have been offered access to incredible properties in Ocean Grove, Torquay and Airey’s Inlet, however, we need to secure funds to cover the cost of providing the retreats before we can offer them to our waitlist of more than 40 Victorian families. While it is great to bring visitors from outside the local area, it is also very much our focus to help as many women as possible – and we need to bring these properties on to be able to acheive this.” Mrs Cook added.

 The OTIS Foundation’s Property Manager, Lynda Davis said that while most of OTIS’ breast cancer retreats are donated by generous individuals who offer time at their holiday home or second property, funds were needed before additional retreats can be established “On average it costs OTIS $5,000 a year to cover the costs associated with cleaning and linen at each retreat, so our aim is to find generous individuals and groups that are interested in helping to support the running costs associated with establishing new retreats in this region.” Mrs Davis commented.

 To make a donation or find out more about the charity visit www.otisfoundation.org.au, phone Lynda Davis on 0488 094 227 or call the OTIS Office on (03) 5444 1185.

 

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